Top Growing Occupations

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Today, the Skills & Labour Market Research Unit in SOLAS published a new report,  “Shifting Sands Navigating the patterns emerging in the Irish labour market post-COVID-19”. The report examines changes in the workforce landscape in Ireland and includes a spotlight on the top growing  occupations

SOLAS is the Further Education and Training Authority in Ireland. The Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS is a central data gathering, analytical and research resource to monitor the supply and demand of skills in Ireland’s labour market. The Unit supports the work of SOLAS, the National Skills Council as well as other government bodies. The National Skills Bulletin, published annually, is the Unit’s key output, summarising labour market trends at occupational level and identifying skills shortages and difficult-to-fill vacancies.

Top Growing Occupations

This report includes a list of Top Growing Occupations which we thought we’d take a look. Are you looking to start your career in a growing industry or maybe you’re looking to upskill within that industry or perhaps, like many, you’re looking to change industries and looking for a fresh start. The list is a great insight into top growing occupations and we provide you with links to all the courses you need to be able to get into the industry and get the job you’re looking for.

According to the report, Top Growing Occupations are those that show a large increase in market share, which demonstrates an increasing importance in today’s economy and makes these occupations good bets for job-seekers. 

For each of these occupations, the list includes the top 5 skills requested by employers. 

Top occupations can be found across an array of industries, including Business Management and Operations, Manufacturing and Production and Healthcare. 

Common skills across these occupations include customer service, budgeting, project management and data related skills. 

Industry Occupation Skills



Delivery Driver Customer Service, Forklift Operation, Product Sales, Sorting, Heavy Lifting
Construction, Extraction, and Architecture Electrician Electrical Work, Wiring, Predictive / Preventative Maintenance, Electrical Systems, Customer Service



Truck Driver Haulage, Customer Service, Forklift Operation, Product Sales, Logistics



Nursing Assistant Patient Care, Working With Patient And/Or Condition: Mental Health, Care Planning, Dementia knowledge, Midwifery

Business Management &


Labourer / Warehouse Worker Forklift Operation, Cleaning, Sorting, Heavy Lifting, Customer Service

Manufacturing and Production


Manufacturing Machine Operator Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Machining, Packaging, Cleaning, Engineering Drawings

Hospitality, Food & Tourism


Restaurant / Food Service Supervisor Customer Service, Restaurant Management, Budgeting, Staff Management, Cost Control
Sales Retail Sales Associate  

Sales, Customer Service, Retail Industry Knowledge, Retail Sales, Product Sales




Manufacturing and Production


Production Worker  

Cleaning, Packaging, Quality Assurance and Control, Production Planning, Hand Tools


Information Technology


Data Engineer  

SQL, Python, Extraction Transformation and Loading (ETL), Data Engineering, Pipeline (Computing)


Marketing and Public Relations

Product Manager  


Product Management, Product Development, Product Sales, Stakeholder Management, Project Management





Retail Store Manager / Supervisor  


Store Management, Retail Industry Knowledge, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Retail Management, Customer Service



Construction, Extraction, and Architecture

Construction Manager  


Project Management, Budgeting, Construction Management, Site and Study Management, Customer Service


Planning and Analysis Medical Scientist  


Pathology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Quality Assurance and Control, Haematology


Science and Research Researcher / Research Associate  


User Research, Market Research, Experiments, Data Analysis, Project Management


Maintenance, Repair, and Installation Repair / Service Technician  


Customer Service, Technical Support, Mechanical Engineering, Predictive / Preventative Maintenance, Mechanical Maintenance


Community and Social Services Social Care Worker  


Social Work, Child Protection, Working With Patient And/Or Condition: Mental Health, Care Planning, Family Support


Business Management and Operations Storage / Distribution Manager  


Warehouse Management, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Budgeting, Project Management, Stakeholder Management


Healthcare Home Health Aide Care Planning, Senior Care, Meal Preparation, Home Care, Dementia knowledge


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